Interior design store Right Next Door Designs celebrates new expansion and programs

Owner and founder Michelle Harper opened Right Next Door Designs at its current location in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Owner and founder Michelle Harper opened Right Next Door Designs at its current location in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Owner and founder Michelle Harper opened Right Next Door Designs at its current location in 2019. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Right Next Door Designs recently expanded its physical space, more than doubling its floor space. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The store features a flower bar for clients. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Harper's dog Brooks helps out around Right Next Door Designs. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Michelle Harper, owner and founder of Right Next Door Designs, has recently been adding to her store and its offerings.

Since February, Harper said she has expanded the store from 1,750 square feet to around 3,800 square feet, launched a YouTube channel for discussions about design, and started offering classes on topics such as charcuterie boards and wreath making. The company has also grown to employ eight people since it opened in October 2019.

“We are just really growing and expanding the business,” Harper said.

Expanding interests

Harper said she has always had an interest in interior design.


“I heard from those around me that this is something I should go and do,” she said. “After talking with several people ... about talents that God gives us, it took me about 10 minutes after that conversation to decide to take a step of faith.”

When Harper launched her business, she was operating out of her home. After getting her own space in September 2019, Harper added consultations, moving services and additional merchandise.

Right Next Door Designs originally planned to launch classes in early 2020, but they were put on hold until coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

Harper said she now has classes for six to 26 women at a time as well as options for men with topics such as bourbon tasting and poker nights.

More than decorating

Harper has also added a moving service simply because of demand, she said.

“One of the themes of my business is ‘Why not?’ We are willing to do anything the client is asking us to do,” she said.

Right Next Door Designs primarily focuses its efforts on design and remodeling with packages in increments of around 10 hours at a time.

Harper said her team works with contractors to look over the space and build out a plan for remodeling.

Looking to the future, Harper said the plan is to continue opening up the store and working with Realtors to start a new program to offer gift cards for clients.

“We are very community minded,” Harper said. “It is really important to us. I have been a resident of The Woodlands for 30 years. I have seen the growth and the change, and we want to help be part of that.”

Right Next Door Designs

9940 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 300, The Woodlands

832-764-0680

www.rightnextdoordesigns.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.